Curiosity prompted Clarisa Cleary to find out more about the history of African Americans in her area, when, intrigued by the old, nearly forgotten cemetery that she passed every day on her way to school, she became determined to find out more about its inhabitants, their world, and their legacy.
There are many stories about Connecticut's enslaved and free African
Americans waiting to be uncovered in every city and town in the state,
and the resources needed to discover these stories are often as near
as your public library. The challenge is this: Making a long-ago
history real. How was this history lived by real people in their
time? This is also the challenge that makes this story such a fascinating
one, because the struggle of Connecticut's African Americans for
freedom and citizenship is a story with national ramifications. Some
of that history is still waiting to be discovered.
Let's say you
want to begin your own exploration
of the lives of African Americans in your town or the connections
between your area of the state and slavery. Where should you begin?
This module is an attempt to help you take those first steps, and
a very brief introduction to the world of materials that can help
It's important to remember that many towns had almost no enslaved
population but deep connections to
enslavement through participation in slavery-dependent businesses... next >>